Need a dish for July 4th? Try my Firecracker Fiesta!

Looking for an easy dish to bring to your 4th of July celebration that really pops?

Yes, this is a  SweetPeas and Soybeans repeat, but I’ve had some really great results serving this to family and friends. Trust me…your friends will be shocked at all the flavor a healthy dish can have!

It is a little spicy…I mean, I didn’t call it Firecracker Fiesta for nothing. If you want to tone it down, cut back on the Sriracha. That’ll help.

Now, more cilantro is always preferred in my book. So I don’t just garnish with it…I grab handfulls of it. Granted, I know not everyone feels that way  (I’m pretty sure my sister-in-law hates the stuff). Hence the “to taste” part of the recipe. If you’re one of these people, don’t worry. This meal packs plenty of punch without it.

This recipe only makes 4 servings, but it’s still a lot of food. That’s because I really volumized it so that you can eat a lot without it affecting your weight loss plan, whatever that may be. You’ll notice that there’s really not a lot of protein per serving. So if you are bringing this to a gathering, I suggest doubling it and encouraging people to take a hefty helping, because that’s the beauty of volumizing…you can eat a lot!

Yields: 4 servings of about 1 cup each
Cook Time: 14 minutes

Firecracker Fiesta - 287 calories per serving!
                         Firecracker Fiesta – 287 calories per serving!


nonstick cooking spray
2 (4oz) chicken tenderloins, cut into 1inch pieces
4oz chorizo sausage
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (16oz) bag of frozen corn, thawed
½ cup green onions, chopped
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp Sriracha chili sauce
1 lime
1 cilantro bunch, chopped

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Over medium high heat, pan fry chicken tenderloin pieces and chorizo for 4 minutes, breaking up the chorizo into crumbles. Remove from heat. Add the remaining ingredients except the lime and cilantro to the skillet and mix together. Return to medium high heat and cook 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat, then grate half of the lime rind into the mixture. Cut the lime in half. Squeeze the juice from one half into the mixture and use the other half to cut into slices for a garnish. Mix well. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro to taste and serve with lime slices.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist…these are just the calculations I’m pretty sure are close to correct. I use BodyMedia to generate my information.

Calories: 287 
Fat: 12.3g
Saturated Fat: 4.2g
Cholesterol: 55.3mg
Sodium: 643.9mg
Carbohydrates: 27g
Dietary Fiber: 2.9g
Sugar: 7.8g
Protein: 21.5g

Dietary Exchange: 2 Starch, 3 Meat, 1 Veg
Jenny Craig: This makes for a good dinner entré, so enjoy!
Weight Watchers: 8 Points (using


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